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Governments Adopt Call To Action At WHO-Hosted Ministerial Conference On Dementia

U.N. News Centre: Eighty countries adopt call to action at first U.N. conference on dementia “A two-day ministerial conference on dementia hosted by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) ended in Geneva [Tuesday] with 80 countries calling for action to address ‘a tidal wave’ of new cases of the disease…

Uganda Still Plans To Send HCWs Abroad Despite Belgium’s Threat To Cut Aid

Agence France-Presse: Uganda hit by aid threat over medical ‘brain drain’ case “Uganda on Monday stood by plans to send more than 240 of its health workers to the Caribbean despite a Belgian threat to cut 11 million euros in aid. … The Belgian minister said the expatriation of the…

U.K., Drug Companies Announce $100M Venture Capital Fund For Dementia Research, As U.N. Opens First-Ever Dementia Conference

Financial Times: Dementia research boosted by $100m venture capital fund “Research into dementia is to be boosted by a $100m venture capital fund backed by the U.K. government and several of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals companies…” (Ward, 3/17). Reuters: Dementia drug research aided by $100 million venture capital fund “…The…

U.K. Commits To Spending 0.7% Of GNI On Foreign Aid Annually

The Guardian: U.K. passes bill to honor pledge of 0.7% foreign aid target “The U.K. has passed a bill that enshrines in law its commitment to spend 0.7 percent of its gross national income (GNI) on aid every year, making it the first G7 country to meet the U.N.’s 45-year-old…

Ban Appoints Advocate Stephen O’Brien As New U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief

Reuters: British lawmaker Stephen O’Brien named new U.N. aid chief “British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday…” (Nichols, 3/9). U.N. News Centre: Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian…

New Drug Policies In Ukraine Conflict Zone Threaten Regional Gains Made Against HIV

Foreign Policy: Like ‘Just Say No,’ but With More Kalashnikovs “…The ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ (LNR) and ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (DNR) regimes that have taken over this region [of Eastern Ukraine] have instigated a brutal war on drugs and alcohol, conducted through extrajudicial detentions, forced labor, and, allegedly, executions. … These…